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Hodge urges players to battle to final whistle against Ulster

Duncan Hodge has urged his Edinburgh side to deliver an 80-minute performance as they look to go one better against Ulster.

Edinburgh fell behind in the 67th minute against Munster last weekend and Blair Kinghorn failed to overturn the 9-8 deficit with a difficult late penalty.

Acting head coach Hodge said: "We've named a settled side to head to Belfast, for what will be a tough encounter against a strong Ulster side.

"As a squad, we were frustrated with last week's result against Munster, and know the last 20 minutes of the game let us down. The aim is to make amends and perform positively and consistently for the whole 80 minutes this week.

"Ulster is always a great fixture and we look forward to going over there and showing our intent from the first whistle."

Fijian flanker Viliame Mata will make his first Guinness PRO12 start since November in the only change to Hodge's team.


From Belfast Telegraph